Albert Pyun’s sword and sandal fantasy was released back in the spring of 1982. It would go on to gross close to 40 million dollars by the end of it’s run. Nearly as much as the higher-budgeted ‘Conan the Barbarian’, which would be released later that year. The astonishing return on investment for the producers would ultimately rank this film as one of the highest grossing independently produced movies of all time. Rouge-ish Lee Horsley (think a rugged Tom Selleck) plays Talon a mercenary with royal heritage who is recruited by a princess to bring down a brutal tyrant and a powerful sorcerer. One of the most memorable aspects of this film is the weapon Talon wields, a three bladed sword that projects smaller blades. Richard Lynch plays the heavy in a snake like performance, another in a string of 80’s films such as ‘Invasion USA’, and ‘The Barbarians’. While Kathleen Beller who plays the princess Alana is great eye candy, she wears lingerie-style garments throughout. Pyun’s at his best here, telling a straightforward narrative that makes time for humor and action. The rousing score by David Whitaker is arguably just as good as the epic Basil Poledouris score from ‘Conan’. During the end sequence a title card pops up proclaiming that ‘Talon’ will return shortly in a planned sequel. For years this never materialized, however Albert Pyun has finally delivered on his 28yr promise. Later this year the follow-up ‘Tales from an Ancient Empire’ starring Kevin Sorbo will be released. Next time your in the mood for a little 80’s throwback pop this in the DVD player.
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